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Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Officials Investigate Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse That Injured 10

Cleanup and investigation efforts are underway at the site of the Forbes Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the bridge collapsed on Jan. 28. A city bus and several other vehicles were on the bridge when it came crashing down, injuring 10 individuals in a terrifying ordeal that left motorists fearing for their lives. The 447-foot bridge, which was built…

Dozens of Lawsuits Filed After Condo Collapse in Florida

Dozens of Lawsuits Filed After Condo Collapse in Florida

The sudden collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida on June 24, which tragically caused at least 95 deaths and left 14 residents still missing, has prompted multiple lawsuits against those involved in the beachside residence’s construction and maintenance. As of July 10, at least a dozen suits had been filed on behalf of victims and…

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. As…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Architects & Engineers Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Architects & Engineers Insurance

Design errors, technology failures and pandemic-related project delays are just some of the potential liability exposures faced by architects, engineers and contractors. To learn more about Architects & Engineers Insurance, we spoke with Michael Muglia, National Underwriting Director, Professional Liability, Burns & Wilcox, Detroit/Farmington Hills, Michigan. What are some of the greatest risks currently faced by architects and engineers? M.M.:…

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus. Shortly after completion of the…

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

Stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab Sued by Owners of $1.36 Million Renovated Home

The stars of HGTV’s Windy City Rehab are being sued by the buyers of a luxury home they renovated. The homeowners said their $1.36 million dream house became a nightmare, alleging the contractors are responsible for water leaking into the kitchen from an upstairs bathroom, a roof that was never replaced as promised, crumbling mortar and other major construction issues.…

Parties involved in $2.2 billion construction project face liability following disaster

Parties involved in $2.2 billion construction project face liability following disaster

The $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center construction project in downtown San Francisco is under intense public scrutiny for cracked support beams that closed the centerpiece of city infrastructure just weeks after it opened. An investigation will determine if the cracks are related to fabrication, installation or design, and if one or more specific parties are at fault. The transit center,…

Design, Construction Flaws Can Result in Devastating Financial Liabilities

Design, Construction Flaws Can Result in Devastating Financial Liabilities

Florida International University (FIU) wanted a signature bridge to help highlight the school’s “institutional aspirations.” However, the project’s planners appear to have overlooked a design flaw that was likely a key factor in the 950-ton bridge collapsing in March. The tragic accident resulted in the death of one construction worker on the bridge and five individuals in cars below. The…

The Long Run: Protecting Design Builders

The Long Run: Protecting Design Builders

From John McClane crawling through the ventilation system in Die Hard to Ellen Ripley escaping an alien attack in Aliens, Hollywood loves to dramatize HVAC systems. Design professionals know real HVAC system risks—like engineers negligence—do not make it to the big screen and movie scripts. Design professionals, commonly referred to as architects and engineers (A&E), are required to complete graduate…

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